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Report: Media Deaths Rose In 2011

The International Federation oOf Journalists (IFJ), says more than 100 journalists or other media staff were killed in 2011 – an increase in comparison with 2010.

According to the IFJ, violence against the media was worst in 2011 in Pakistan, Iraq and Mexico, with 11 media deaths reported in each country.

The organizaton says a total of 106 journalists were killed in 2011, compared with 94 in 2010.

It said that 20 more journalists or other media staff died in accidents and natural disasters in 2011.

The IFJ has appealed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to lead an effort to better protect journalists, saying many governments around the world “are in denial or indifferent to what has become a regular pattern of targeted killings of journalists.”

The IFJ says it represents more than 600,000 journalists in more than 100 countries around the world.

compiled from agency reports